This quote from Annabel Park was posted on the Join the Coffee Party Facebook page, and with the discussions that came from it, I began thinking about the ideals of civility while being able to share my liberal progressive thoughts that may upset some conservatives.
It appears that some conservatives may have thought that the use of the words ‘people die’ was directed solely at the Republican Party, and just because many in the Republican Party believe that more cuts are needed, this does not mean they own the issue, because sometimes bad things happen, and they are not always political, but personal.
I get it. It is very direct and the word ‘die’ is automatically associated, by some, with the Republican Party, but is it true that people die with cuts to Social Security and Medicare? I have a personal story that may help answer that question.
My Mom never had insurance or could afford it, and she had a serious medical condition. She paid full price for what little healthcare that she could get, and was always paying medical bills. She looked forward to the day that she would be old enough to get on Social Security.
As many may remember, the age was moved back for getting Social Security and is still being talked about moving back even more. This news came as a shock to my Mom.
I can still remember the look on her face when she learned that she would have to wait a few more years, and how she seemed to finally resign herself to the fact that it would be too late for her to get the treatment needed before her condition was too bad to be treated.
She never complained though, and she stoically kept her sadness inside. If one were to talk to her, they would never had known that she had any worries about her health, but they were there nonetheless.
She died one year after getting on Social Security.
I would ask how any one party can own the narrative on this issue? Let me put it this way. If an environmental catastrophe occurs, caused by a lack of regulation, while killing and affecting the lives of millions in our country, would we be having this conversation again because there are many conservatives that favor big business’s need to remove the EPA, or at least make sure that it does not have any teeth to help anyone?
Would we not be able to be blunt and say that people died during this event due to policies not taking the population’s safety in mind? Again, I must say that sometimes things are bad, but this does not mean it is political, but personal.
This is an issue that I feel very strongly about, and as much as I want to bring about dialog between the liberals and the conservatives for compromise and consensus, no one is allowed to high jack this issue that is so dear to me and my belief that more people can be helped if I stand up and speak out.
In other words, my own voice would be muted here because there are some conservatives that do not agree with me. As I said before, that is their own choice, as I have mine, but it does not change the reality of healthcare issues for the poor.
It is important though, that those that favor cutting Social Security and Medicare know that these cuts can have consequences, and good people may suffer as a result. They may even die.
It is the simple truth that I have learned all too well.